Travel Sri Lanka
THE ‘PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN’ – LUSH BIODIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND WELCOMING LOCALS
Adventure Tour of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an exotic island nation rich in biodiversity and home to incredibly resilient & beautiful people, diverse cultures and ethnicities, and immensely interesting villages and locals
Tea plantations and forests of cinnamon, elephants sanctuaries and animal parks, historic temples and bustling villages, this handcrafted backpacking adventure tour discovers the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean from its extraordinary lush landscapes and beaches to its exotic wildlife and diverse cuisine
JaffnaThe city of Jaffna has a sad history or war from the colonisation days where the Portuguese, then Dutch, the British all took possession of the port. Prior to the Sri Lankan civil war Jaffna was the second most populated city in the country. In the past decade it has begun to be repopulated with people of mostly Tamil and Christen religions. Visit Kandarodai a traditional market area on the peninsula and Nallur Kandaswamy temple which is the most significant for the Sir Lankan Hindis.
TrincomaleeExperience the city of Trincomalee, that offers exciting cultural experiences, with a fantastic temple, which is the Hindu temple Koneswaram, it is a magnificent temple located by the water, build around 200-400 years B.C. However, parts of the temple have been destroyed over time, but it still stands beautifully. In addition, you can also watch whales and snorkel and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, MataleThe surrounding area of Sigiriya has been inhabited since pre-historic times with evidence of life as far back as 5000 years. Dominating the area is the ancient Lion Rock fortress. King Kashyapa built a palace on top of the huge rock column around 477 AD along with a sentinel gate in the shape of a lion - hence the name. The stories around Kashyapa and the lavish palace are endless from him murdering his father to the palace being a party-house for his playboy lifestyle. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and studied for its early historical evidence of urban planning.
KalpitiyaFrom its early days as a smuggling port and then military port under the Dutch colonisation of Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya has developed in to a thriving tourism destination. 14 islands make up the archipelago on the peninsula and the area is popular for kite-surfing, wind-surfing and diving, and snorkelling in the marine reserve. The beaches feel isolated and can have wonderful sunsets.
DambullaDambulla is an archeologists dream come true. Firstly the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site contains human skeletons nearly 3000 years old. Second is the incredible caves containing paintings and statues back to the 1st century. The magnificent Cave Temple that you see today was built by King Valagamba after he spent 14-years hiding under the protection of the Buddhist monks meditating in the cave during the sacking of the Anuradhapura kingdom. When the king returned to the throne at Anuradapura he had the rock temple built in gratitude to the monks of Dambulla.
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